We're having an ongoing crochet-a-long and knit-a-long at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers Guild that ends in July. Two shawls were tagged for this activity: Multnomah, the knit version and Klamath, the crochet version of this pattern. They are both triangular shaped shawls with zig-zaggy / feather and fan borders. Many people on Ravelry have made both of these shawls. For the purposes of a group pattern, both the knit and crochet pattern are good for beginners, up to advanced crafters. This was an excellent choice.
I took the directions with me to Hawaii, along with one beautiful skein of Sweet Georgia, sock weight yarn in aqua and green combo. I was in vacation mode. I barely looked at the directions and just crocheted along. I finished, but realized that I didn't quite complete the zig-zag edge the correct way. It's a feather and fan pattern. I feathered, but forgot to fan. I added a little picot border, blocked the thing and decided I'd try the pattern again.
My next attempt was with one skein of Red Heart worsted weight in a striping pattern. I could see that I would never make it to the feather and fan border with this small amount of yarn. However, I did like how this shawl was turning out, so I just finished it and added that same picot border. I ironed the hell out of this thing so that it melted the acrylic and became very soft and drapey.
I was possessed and I still liked the shape of this shawl, so I found some scratchy tweed wool in a cranberry color in my stash. I completed the beginning portion of the shawl quickly. I decided that the feather and fan pattern wasn't that great, so I added my favorite lacy border from Doris Chan's "All Shawl." I really LOVE this rustic shawl, but it's not really a Klamath.
Okay, I simply have to complete the pattern as written so I can wear it at our July picnic at the Guild. Everyone else seems to be able to complete this pattern. I should do it too! Klamath #4 is made from Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in a red tweed. I followed the pattern, added the feather and fan border and find the whole piece extremely boring. I'm not possessed anymore.